Definition of originally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒənəli//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒənəli//
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used to describe the situation that existed at the beginning of a particular period or activity, especially before something was changed The school was originally very small. She comes originally from York. Originally, we had intended to go to Italy, but then we won the trip to Greece. The dam project was originally conceived in 1977.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: originally